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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 27, 2010 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH '79

This must be one of the best of '79 … a high-energy show in a sunny mood right from the start, when it opens with an enthusiastic, happy-anthem Jack Straw. (Jack Straw from Wichita! Cut his buddy down!! YES!!! Good ole Jack Straw, we're all so happy to have him around tonight ...)

The first set smokes. Stagger Lee is a treat, there's a jumping Big River, MAMU still has that 70s intensity, and maybe it's just me, but I really like having Deal come out of Saint of Circumstance.

It’s an early Brent show, when he’s fitting in just right IMO. (Except for Easy to Skip You, which, well, the best thing to say about that is that it’s awful nice how they let him do his songs so early. I really did try to listen to it again today. I got about 60 percent through.)

Then comes the second set. Wow. It just never quits. Disco Dancin' fans will like that set opener (given that even I like this version, and I'm no Disco Dead fan. It's an era thing, I guess. Help! Disco Duck is in the building, and he's eating Jerry!) From there, it's one long highlight, from Franklin's Tower to a gorgeous He’s Gone that spills into a fingers-at-warp-speed Caution jam that spins around until it manifests a full-blown TOO with a spacey bit at the end that’s a chillingly perfect micro-Space (a brief taste of what a Space ought to be!) that evolves into a you-can’t-skip-this Drums … which, in turn (just try to catch your breath), thumps into a stomp-the-floors NFA and a chill-inducing, heady Black Peter that’s more friends-they-come-around than lyin’in bed a-dyin’.

I won't venture to guess which is the best version on IA, but here's one option:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-27.sbd.miller.98950.sbeok.flac16


Set 1

Jack Straw
Candyman
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
Brown Eyed Women
Easy To Love You
New Minglewood Blues
Stagger Lee
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance ->
Deal

Set 2

Dancing In The Street ->
Franklin's Tower
He's Gone ->
Caution Jam ->
The Other One ->
Drums ->
Not Fade Away ->
Black Peter ->
Around And Around

Encore
One More Saturday Night





This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-10-27 13:19:13

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 27, 2010 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

The '79 Cape Cod show . For the Dead Base owners out there , John Scott raved about this show in his review , " .. a personal fav .... an evangelical cause for me ." I have met people who can not get enough DitS >FT , and they probably never will . As 6/24/70 is my show to rave on about , I have found more then a few , like Mr. Scott , who are similarly moved by this show .
I really like Fall '79 GD . Though only in the past few years since I've found my way into this Candyland . Many , many fine shows from September on .
A few comments on frame two , pre-drums . I am not a DitS fan until they clear all the vocals and find a GD groove . And they do . But then a tasty segue into a Huge Franklins that's leaves a smile when it's done . And it's going to take awhile before it's finished . Caution > TOO , Phil! . Fierce playing . With other gems to find it's a tremendous show . Worth it .

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 27, 2010 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

Yep, doesn't get much better. And the fact they could play so well in a steamy dump like this venue is a testament to how the music had the ability to overcome whatever was in the way. One of those shows that I had to chance to attend, but the folks weren't so keen on the idea of letting their 13 year old immerse himself in long-haired hippiedom (this view changed over the years, especially as my dad came to appreciate the country-Dead).

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I beg to differ with the esteemed SDH regarding venues like this: aside from MSG and Lewiston, the best GD shows I ever saw were in trashy venues like this CCCC, the other CCCC in Portland ME (actually, pretty nice), and the Augusta ME and Springfield MA civic centers. We know that the band enjoyed the ferocity of New England crowds, and I think these smaller places were a welcome relief from the larger arenas.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 27, 2010 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I've heard of East Coast to describe the crowd energy difference from the West Coast ( and there was ). I've also heard NYC crowds described . But never New England specifically .

fenario , do you think us crusty , unfriendly , and cold NEers changed into our Dionysian rags when the circus came to town ? I will take "ferocity" as a descriptor any day .

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

Without question, the most rabid Dead crowds I ever saw were in good old blue-collar Springfield MA. That place had a (kind of wonderfully) dangerous energy unlike any other place I saw them.

I do think that it's part of the puritan thing, for the same reason that "Catholic high school girls" are famous. All that repression inevitably leads to release ...

One man's opinion ... you know what it's worth.

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Poster: agl89 Date: Oct 27, 2010 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

79 was a great year for mass. dead heads - 2 shows in springfield w/donna & keith & then with brent, umass amherst, billerica (wtf?), cape cod - that's pretty good variety for 1 year - if only they had played tanglewood in the berkshires...they would have covered the entire state!

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I missed Billerica! I would love to have seen that show, and the only recordings I've ever seen are really bad auds.
UMass was my first show and I totally did not get it, but Augusta in September, followed by Springfield, Cape Cod, and Providence in October were mroe than enough to do the job ...

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Poster: agl89 Date: Oct 27, 2010 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

Nice...I am jealous. I was only seven in 79 so the dead were quite a few years off for me. I am a brent fan and I really like the 79-81 era. So where did they play in Billerica? Seems so odd that they played there.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 2:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

The Billerica Forum - and this is a source that I don't believe I've heard, so thank you for bringing up this show. It's got the CM imprimatur on it, so it can't be half bad

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-05-11.nak700.rolfe.miller.99029.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

FYI Billerica does have a world-class Bertha nestled at the end of it's second set. The Black Peter is pretty terrific too, and the Charlie Miller-mastered aud sounds terrific.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 27, 2010 10:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I don't think I've ever heard New Englanders in any context described as ferocious. (Connecticut native here.)
The rep about "east coast" GD audiences comes mainly from New York, I always figured. Surely not from New Englanders. We are reticent and uptight.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 27, 2010 3:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

We from the Constitution State have such glowing words to describe our state.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

oops

This post was modified by fenario80 on 2010-10-28 00:39:12

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

Have to agree. Hard to be ferocious while you're perusing the latest LL Bean catalog. But I have seen one or two melee's erupt at the Outlet Store in Freeport. THAT can be ugly.

"Drop that Blucher!!! I saw it first!!!"
"No you didn't, you pretentious Republican!!! I have claimed this shoe in the name of the button down-ed uptight minions of Concord!!!"
"Screw you, Izon wearer. This shoe is mine...now if I can only find the other one..."

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I'm thinking you guys did NOT spend enough time in Boston. I've read some hilarious reviews on this site by out-of-towners regarding the rowdy Boston crowds - I don't have any more time to look for them today, but when I find 'em I will link them back here for your amusement.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I only saw the boys in Boston proper in 91. As I recall the crowd wasn't too bad. Now, if it was Bruins game, it was a different story.

I usually preferred the places just outside of the city, like Harper's Ferry (heard it's shutting down, that is a loss).

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79


all right yeah there's Boston.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I'm thinking you guys did NOT spend enough time in Boston. I've read some hilarious reviews on this site by out-of-towners regarding the rowdy Boston crowds - I don't have any more time to look for them today, but when I find 'em I will link them back here for your amusement.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 27, 2010 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

"Yep, doesn't get much better"

Now I wouldnt go that far, Patrick. Though thats certainly an accurate statement as it applies to virtually every performance that followed...

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 27, 2010 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

What a show, what a show! They actually started EARLY because the venue hit them with an 11:00 pm curfew the day of the show. (And who does that? - most bands would just cut a few songs from their sets.) Consequently I missed the "possibly best-ever Jack Straw" (though there is an MSG one from September that is also a candidate, and 09/02/1979 is my personal favorite), but this is an amazing , roof-lifting show. Phil is just on fire - both nights, as 10/28 is also a barn-burner.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 27, 2010 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

Perhaps my favorite part of the next night is to be found in the China/Rider transition jam. Stellar stuff. Oh, yeah, and the Franklins re-visit doesn't suck too much either.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 27, 2010 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

what a great day in history for me. This cape Cod show is amazing and that 1991 gig is probably the best of 1991, along with Giants Stadium. At the very least check out The 30 minute Iko>Mona. Gonna be a great, long night of listening on my end.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 27, 2010 6:31am
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Excellent review!

Best ever Jack Straw?

This really is a gem of a show. But there is trouble down the road...

One of the very last truly great shows that the Grateful Dead would perform. After this one, there are only a handful of performances of this caliber...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 27, 2010 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

was part or all of this show featured on a Road Trips release?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 27, 2010 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

I'd kinda vaguely thought that, too, but there's nothing from it on the Fall '79 one:

http://www.dead.net/road-trips/road-trips-volume-1-number-1

And it's not blocked on the archives.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 27, 2010 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '79

It really is a fine show...I'll have to re-visit it.